Greinke on board with Gallardo in opener

Zack Greinke lowered his Cactus League ERA to 0.93 with seven strong innings Wednesday against the D-backs, then confirmed to reporters what manager Ron Roenicke had  he was on board with the decision to go with Yovani Gallardo on Opening Day. Greinke will pitch the second game of the regular season.

“I felt like he was our guy last year, and he’s been here the longest,” Greinke said. “As of right now, he’s still going to be here the longest. I think it makes a lot of sense. I didn’t earn anything last season to be able to take over, I don’t think.”

Gallardo is signed through at least 2014. Greinke is entering the final year of his contract but remains in talks with the team about an extension.

Greinke has been a beast in Spring Training, successfully integrating a new pitch — the cut fastball — into his arsenal. He said his solid spring is a rarity.

“Usually, I’ll throw pitches in stupid counts just to do it and see how it works,” Greinke said. “[This year] I’ve been trying to use all my pitches at the proper times. That’s the No. 1 reason, probably, and then also getting smarter and learning how to pitch a little bit.”


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